What are anti-fatigue mats?
Just as their name implies, anti-fatigue mats are designed specifically to reduce fatigue which can be caused by standing in the same spot for long periods of time on a hard surface such as a cement shop floor, a tiled floor behind a cash register or customer service counter. Anti-fatigue mats can be made of various materials including rubber, foam and vinyl to name a few and they can be made differently as well. There are mats that come with a tough top surface also known as a laminate top, some mats are made of solid rubber or vinyl and others can be made of various foam type materials.
In addition to different materials, anti-fatigue mats are made for different types of work environments such as a dry work area or an area where moisture and or oils and solvents are in use. That is why we have broken our site into Dry and Wet Area mats so know the environment that the mats will be used in before you purchase.
A few important tips
- Know the environment that the mat will be used in.
- The mat should not slip or create a trip hazard.
- You want to have a sloped or beveled edge on the mat. Beveled edges allow carts to roll over them more easily and they are less of a trip hazard.
- Some matting products may need to be cleaned occasionally. In some areas such as food preparation, being able to properly clean your mat is important.